Government acquisition of Moore Street National Monument welcome - Cllr. Mac Donncha
Dublin Sinn Féin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha has welcomed the announcement that the Government is to acquire the National Monument 14-17 Moore Street.
Cllr. Mac Donncha, a member of the City Council Moore Street Advisory Committee, said:
"The Government decision to acquire the National Monument 14-17 Moore Street, the last headquarters of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic in 1916, is very welcome. While we must await full details, it is clear that the decision represents vindication of all those who have campaigned to preserve historic Moore Street with its inextricable links to the 1916 Rising.
"From the beginning we have called for direct Ministerial intervention to save this battlefield site from dereliction and from being engulfed by an unwanted shopping mall. Up to now campaigners have prevented this from happening, notably with the vote on Dublin City Council, led by Sinn Féin, which prevented the land swap deal with developers Chartered Land.
"Today's decision is a further step forward and gives hope that we can go on to see the full terrace preserved and the entire area transformed into a 1916 Revolutionary Quarter, as well as a thriving traditional street trading area."